General Guidelines:

  • Graduates must stay in their seats for the entire Ceremony
  • Family and friends may celebrate your accomplishments with customized congratulations signs; however they cannot be hung on railings or mounted/taped to the walls

Dress Code for Commencement Ceremony

  • Casual/business attire
  • Black cap and gown
    Please note that if you do not have your cap and gown on the day of the ceremony, you will need to purchase it with the Bookstore.  They will close at 5pm that evening otherwise you will not be able to participate in the Ceremony.
  • Black caps cannot be decorated
  • No head lei or lei can be worn during the ceremony
  • High heel height: Maximum of 3 inches
  • Footwear is required
  • Only approved PTK, PBL, and Honors Program hoods and stoles may be worn in addition to the cap and gown.  If it is not listed below then it is not approved including program specific regalia 


Phi Beta Lambda
Phi Theta Kappa



Honors Program

Honors Program hoods are only available to students accepted into the Leeward CC Honors Program.